Bring It On!

Facebook post from May 7, 2017: "There isn't much that annoys me more than coming across what seems like an excellent personal development resource, then finding out it's endorsed by Oz and Paltrow. Whoops, glad I didn't step into that horseshit."

That’s a Facebook post I made about a year and a half ago.

Sometimes I’m wrong.

It’s not that I’m going to join Goop or start trying every snake oil product that Dr. Oz shills for. But I was (mostly) wrong about the product that I’m referring to above: The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower–and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels.

I’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with the ideas in this book and it’s follow up (if you couldn’t tell already.) I’ve found some value in some of what Stutz and Michels offer, but at the same time both books are so full of woo-woo nonsense that they can be difficult for someone with my mindset to get through. The signal to noise ratio really rides the line with these guys.

But… these two books (the first one especially) came so highly recommended by Brian Johnson (my perpetual personal development crush) of Optimize.me, that I did finally give them a break and try out their stuff.

And the very first tool – The Reversal of Desire – is something that I can say has helped more than anything to get me past fear and pain.

I’ll let Brian tell you more about it:

So the next time you feel fear, see pain on the horizon that you want to avoid, or are already in the shit and are want to quit, don’t forget:

  1. Bring It On!
  2. I Love Pain!
  3. Pain Sets Me Free!

Again. And again. And again.

 

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